July 2014 - Football Wiretap

Giants Concerned David Wilson May Be Unable To Play For Them Again

Jul 31, 2014 1:37 PM

The New York Giants are unsure if David Wilson be able to play for them again.

The source said it would take some unexpectedly good news from Wilson's surgeon on Monday to convince the Giants that it's OK for their 2012 first-round pick to return to action.

According to another source close to the situation, Wilson has been very upbeat and has told people he'll be fine again after a couple of days off. His teammates backed that up in conversations Thursday.

"It was good to see him back in the meeting room, bright-eyed and ready to go," fellow running back Rashad Jennings said.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Injury

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Ravens Lose Brent Urban For Season With Torn ACL

Jul 31, 2014 1:28 PM

Brent Urban tore his ACL and will miss his entire rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens.

Urban was a fourth round pick out of Virginia.

Urban was expected to receive playing time at defensive end and defensive tackle.

Gregg Roosenthal/NFL.com

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Injury

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Patriots May Use James White As Three-Down Back

Jul 31, 2014 1:26 PM

Bill Belichick believes James White can be a three-down running back for the New England Patriots this season.

White was a fourth round pick by the Patriots out of Wisconsin.

"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Belichick told Sirius XM NFL Radio this month, per ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

White has drawn comparisons to Kevin Faulk in terms of the type of role he might have with the Patriots.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, IQ

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NFL To Install Player Trackers In Pads

Jul 31, 2014 1:24 PM

The NFL will install real-time location systems in 17 of its stadiums this season.

Receivers, placed in the players' shoulder pads, will work in tandem with radio frequency identification transmitters to turn player movement into meaningful measurements.

The NFL said the RFID technology will be installed in the home stadiums of the 15 teams (Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington) that will host Thursday Night Football this year, as well as Detroit and New Orleans.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Tyron Smith Agrees Upon $98M Extension With Cowboys

Jul 30, 2014 2:29 PM

The Dallas Cowboys and Tyron Smith have agreed upon an eight-year, $98 million deal.

With what Smith has remaining on his current deal, Smith will earn nearly $110 million through 2023.

Smith is one of the NFL's best left tackles and was a member of the 2011 NFL Draft class.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor, Signing

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David Wilson To See Neck Specialist

Jul 30, 2014 12:56 PM

David Wilson underwent a battery of tests on his neck Tuesday night and will not practice until at least next week.

Wilson, who left Tuesday's practice with what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner," will be evaluated by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday. He will miss Sunday's preseason opener against Buffalo.

Wilson was a first round pick by the New York Giants in 2012 and was expected to split carries with Rashad Jennings.

 

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Fantasy, Injury

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David Wilson To See Neck Specialist

Jul 30, 2014 12:26 PM

David Wilson underwent a battery of tests on his neck Tuesday night and will not practice until at least next week.

Wilson, who left Tuesday's practice with what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner," will be evaluated by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday. He will miss Sunday's preseason opener against Buffalo.

Wilson was a first round pick by the New York Giants in 2012 and was expected to split carries with Rashad Jennings.

 

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Fantasy, Injury

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Tony Romo Declared 100 Percent Healthy By Jones

Jul 30, 2014 10:42 AM

Tony Romo has been declared completely healthy by Jerry Jones.

Romo sat out his second practice in five full practices so far in training camp for the Dallas Cowboys.

“He is 100 percent. He’s 100 percent,” Jones said during practice Tuesday. “He’s just being real smart and sensitive about having come off the back surgery. He’s certainly not losing any ground from the standpoint of opening up against San Francisco [in the regular-season opener].”

Romo underwent back surgery this offseason.

Charean Williams/Star-Telegram

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Fantasy, Injury

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Patrick Peterson, Cardinals Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Extension

Jul 30, 2014 10:19 AM

Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed upon a five-year contract extension worth as much as $70 million.

The deal contains $48 million in guaranteed money and makes Peterson the NFL's highest paid cornerback.

The deal will surpass extensions signed recently by the Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden (five years, $68 million) and Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (four years, $56 million).

Peterson, who was selected fifth overall in 2011, became the first member of that highly successful first-round class to sign an extension.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Josh Gordon To Argue Positive Test From Secondhand Smoke

Jul 30, 2014 12:04 AM

Josh Gordon's legal team will argue that his positive marijuana test was caused from secondhand smoke.

Gordon is appealing the NFL's imposition of a yearlong suspension for a positive test for marijuana.

Gordon's legal team will argue that the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to sources familiar with the case.

Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, a bare one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold, while Gordon's "B" sample -- which should theoretically be consistent with the "A" sample, as it comes from the exact same specimen -- tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold.

With both samples coming from the same specimen test, the results should be consistent. 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Fantasy, Suspension

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Raiders Meet With San Antonio Officials On Potential Move
Mark Davis reportedly wants “a small, intimate” stadium in front of which he can place a statue of his father, the late Al Davis.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jim Harbaugh: I'm Paid Extremely Well
The 49ers have made a new contract offer to Jim Harbaugh, but he has yet to respond.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Seahawks Sign Eric Winston
The Seahawks have had injury concerns in the past with their offensive line.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Patriots Claim Tyler Gaffney On Waivers
Tyler Gaffney, a sixth-round draft choice out of Stanford, sustained a season-ending knee injury in a practice Friday.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

NCAA Settles Suit By Creating $70M Fund To Diagnose Brain Trauma
College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows.

AP

Patrick Peterson Won't Play Offense, Scale Back Punt Returns
The Cardinals will stop using Patrick Peterson as their full-time punt returner and he also won't play offense at all this season.

Darren Urban/NFL.com

Lions Won't Discuss New Contract With Ndamukong Suh Until After Season
Ndamukong Suh will have a cap number of $22.4 million this season.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Washington Signs Everett Brown
Everett Brown gives Washington depth at both defensive lineman and outside linebacker.

Mike Jones/Washington Post

Colts Cut Chris Rainey For Violating Team Rules
Chris Rainey was expected to receive a big opportunity with the Colts following the ACL injury to Vick Ballard.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Colbert Expects Roethlisberger To Retire With Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is making $12.1 million this season with a salary cap hit of $18.895 million but is the sixth-highest quarterback in base salary.

Alan Robinson/Tribune-Review

McCoy, Cole Fight At Eagles' Training Camp
LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole are close friends but got into a fight on Sunday.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Randall Cobb Believes He Needs To Do More To Earn New Deal
Randall Cobb is entering the final season of the rookie contract he signed in 2011 after the Packers picked him in the second round.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tyler Gaffney Out For 2014 Season With Knee Injury
Tyler Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior last season.

Mike Coppinger/NFL.com

Brian Hoyer Given All Of Browns' First-Team Reps
Brian Hoyer will start for the Browns in their first preseason game

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Kendall Hunter To Miss 2014 Season With Torn ACL
Kendall Hunter will miss the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn ACL in a non-contract drill.

Bill Williamson/ESPN

Jordy Nelson Signs $39M Extension With Packers
Jordy Nelson's new deal also includes an $11.5 million signing bonus.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Drew Brees Interested In Playing Until Mid-40s
Drew Brees is 35 and believes he has several more seasons of productive football.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Vick Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon
Vick Ballard tore his Achilles on Friday.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Andre Johnson Reports To Texans' Camp, Receives 'Comfort' On Future
While none of that is legally binding, it suggests that Andre Johnson will get all or most of his $11.5 million in 2014.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Aldon Smith Has Been Completely Sober Since Last September
Aldon Smith said that he has stayed completely sober since September when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving for the second time since January 2012.

Bill Williamson/ESPN